Test-drive event raises $4,200 for wrestlers

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Times Herald Staff

Mike Peterson of Peterson Ford, left, shares the ceremonial check for $4,200 with Oconto Falls wrestling coaches and parents Debbie Woods, coach Brett Ash, coach Marc Kinziger, Rodney Woods, Trisha Trudell, and coaches Jack Magnin and Dave Brasier. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Local residents who took a test drive in a new Ford on Sept. 16 helped raise $4,200 for Panther Area Wrestling.

During the event at Peterson Ford, the carmaker donated $20 per adult who test-drove a vehicle, up to $6,000. For this first event, 210 adults came out for a total of $4,200. The funds will be used to send local athletes to team camps as well as purchase wrestling mats and other new equipment for the Oconto Falls wrestling program.

“We would like to thank both the Ford Corp. and most importantly Peterson Ford, which supplied us with the vehicles,” the club said. “Without Peterson Ford, we would not have been able to put on a great fundraising event. We would also like to thank those parents and wrestlers who helped out that day.”

The club has its sights set on raising the full $6,000 next fall.